No Extinctions

Letters from Issue 34

The fact is, far from collapsing, Brooklyn civilization is likely to suffer only a modest decrease in its quality of life compared to other parts of the world; there is no reason to expect that connoisseurs of poetry and film will have to cease enjoying these things. Instead they will enjoy them against a backdrop of other people’s suffering, as they’ve always done.

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Friends of the Pod
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Civilian, child, refugee: according to the logic of the war on terror, they’re all always enemy combatants.

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The Pink
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You have one body and twenty-four hours in a day. An organizer asks what you’ll do with them, concretely, now.

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My claim on the country is as strong as any claim of yours over the people and places you love, which is to say, I have none.

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Special Journey to Our Bottom Line
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The Amphibians
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Power seems to follow men, whose informal networks easily slink into the shadows.

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Jackpot
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The Hidden Fortress
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Ogresse
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The Promise
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The worst advice anyone ever got in a movie is in Casablanca.

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Vernacular Modernism
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The politicization of the economy and the extension of controls does not always or perhaps even often favor the popular classes.

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September 20, 2004

To borrow Wilde’s phrasing once more: at one time we wealthy had the rack, and now we have the press.

November 15, 2011

Scores of police in riot gear were ready at the northeast corner; perhaps there were as many at the other gates.

Issue 21 Throwback

Some of the most educated and skilled people in our society are among the most exploited workers.

Issue 5 Decivilizing Process

Our new technologies always open the possibilities to the best, and somehow open the floodgates to the worst.

Issue 10 Self-Improvement

Reform and revolution may turn out, then, to be allies rather than enemies.

Issue 6 Mainstream

The hype cycle replaces aesthetic judgment with something closer to speculative investment in securities.